How to: Answer those tricky interview questions

February 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm (How to) ()

Interviewing for the first time for a job application can be stressful. Especially if you are not used to answering those “special” questions.

Here are some answers you might want to consider for those interviews you might have in the future…

Part-Time studies

If you’re doing part time studies, the interviewer is definitely going to question you about your ability and potential. The real question is, “Why should I hire you, when you already don’t have enough time for yourself?”

To tackle such questions, you need to be able to answer swiftly and confidently. Losing your confidence will definitely tell the interviewer off, so keep your cool, and speak confidently.

  1. Give the interviewer assurance that no matter what you are doing now, time is not an issue. Tell them that you can prove to them that you are capable of handling multiple commitments.
  2. Tell them that you are confident in your time-management skills. All they want to know is why you are good at that. Give relevant experiences (e.g. past employments, past part-time work) which could relate to time-managing skills.
  3. Do not tell them that “I will try”. No company wants to be your guinea pig and be a place for you to experiment. Just say “I can” or “I am able”. Don’t say “I try”.

Previously “booted-out” from another company

If you have been booted out or kicked out for any reason (be it poor performance or personal reasons or any other factors), you can still get another job if you know how to answer correctly.

  1. Never tell them why you are kicked out. Unless they asked you. However, you shouldn’t let that be an issue because if the interviewer learns that you did a rather stupid mistake, they probably don’t want you to repeat that stupid mistake on their company either.
  2. Fake your way out, like saying “my previous company is downsizing due to the downfall of the current economy and they keep those really experienced personnel to continue working”. That don’t sound as bad as “my previous boss found out that I’ve been using the company phone too much and not being productive at work”.
  3. Don’t ask for sympathy. Instead, tell them that despite being kicked out, you are able to maintain your relatively high productivity standard and are able to produce better results. Keep your spirits high. Your future employers are definitely going to like you.

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